AEP Partner Resources for Serving the Arts Education Field in the Time of COVID-19
On March 12, 2020, Education Commission of the States published an information request outlining state education policy actions and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
At the Arts Education Partnership, we’ve started to receive requests from our partners for additional resources that can help them shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employees. In response to these requests, we’ve engaged our partners in sharing resources they’ve created and compiled that may be useful to others as we navigate these new ways of working.
Below you’ll find resources AEP partner organizations have shared either directly with AEP or on their websites and social media accounts. We have not vetted these resources; we are compiling and publishing them quickly to respond to the immediate need. We will continue to add resources from partners as we receive them. To add to this list, please submit additional resources at this link.
Resources from AEP Partners:
Americans for the Arts
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center for artists and arts organizations
- Statement on the National Arts Action Summit event page (cancelled, virtual briefings TBA)
- Blog titled “Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States
- COVID-19 Impact Survey (Americans for the Arts)
American Alliance for Theatre & Education:
American Alliance of Museums
- Resources and Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus
- Statement on annual meeting site (San Francisco): Traveling to the Convention Center
- Americans for the Arts
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
- Arts – Science and History Organizations: Closings, Cancellations and Postponements
- Resources for Arts, Science and History Organizations & Artists
*Arts Ed Collaborative shared the following resources:
- Resources for arts educators as they transition to online teaching
- COVID-19 Resources for Educators and Learners
ArtsEd Washington – Washington Alliance for Arts Education
*Arts Ed NJ
- List of Virtual Teaching Resources in response to COVID-19: list of resources, technologies and instructional tools to support our arts educators and teaching artist who are now impacted by these rapidly changing events.
- Optimism Through the COVID-19 Disruption: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning for Reflection and Growth: Article regarding Social Emotional Learning and Music education to assist teacher AND students during this time
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
- Emergency Preparedness and Response & Coronavirus Resources for arts organizations
- Statement APAP sent to members and field colleagues
California Institute of the Arts
- Coronavirus Information and Updates: On this page you can find the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak and CalArts response to it.
Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program
- CMU-Alert Emergency Notification System for Coronavirus Updates: links to several campus communications regarding the coronavirus, information about self-isolation, and related resources.
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
*Educational Theatre Association shared the following resources:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Schools, Travel, and Gatherings
- Specific to teaching theatre, a list of tools for content and tools for creating online learning
- Flipgrid – online tool allows you to create shared space for video uploads – great introduction here
- Nearpod – tool for creating online courses, including tracking of student progress – introduction here
- De Paul University Remote Teaching Resource List, available in Spanish and English
- Large, comprehensive list of all kinds of theatre links useful for creating online learning experiences for students
- Resources from Theaterish, including online tools to use to create virtual learning
- PBS KET TV Drama Toolkit
- PBS resources for theatre education
*Dance/USA shared the following resources:
- Resources for Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
- “Coronavirus and Your Insurance Program” Blog Post
- Dance Studies Association – resources for moving dance-based pedagogy online
- Digital Dancing Process Blog
- COVID-19 Freelance Artists
- Mapping Access
Education Commission of the States
- State Information Request: Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools
Grantmakers in the Arts
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding
- Emergency Preparedness and Response: COVID-19 and the arts ecosystem Thursday, March 19, 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT
- Knowledge on the Go: Free Resources : Three-quarters of our more than 800 employees are or have been teachers, so we understand the pressure teachers are under at this time to keep students on track. We are here to support them with free resources including our Eureka Math®/EngageNY Math curriculum that is a free, open education resource available to anyone, anywhere. And starting Wednesday, March 18, we are going to share—free to anyone—recorded daily lessons in Grades K–12 of Eureka Math®, K–8 of Wit & Wisdom®, and 3–5 of PhD Science®. These lessons will be delivered by our own teachers and will be viewable on any device so that teachers and their students may use them.
*Guitars in the Classroom shared the following resources:
- Guitars in the Classroom’s health policy for classroom music making safety
- Guitars in the Classroom’s recommend procedures for cleaning classroom ukuleles and guitars
- How Guitars in the Classroom is responding to school closures:
- For residencies in home/hospital settings with medically fragile students, school closures have no effect.
- Guitars in the Classrooms will offer specifically qualified teaching artists some extra project-based work on curriculum development during closures.
- If closures are long, Guitars in the Classroom will compile community resources for their artists and will consider launching/promoting online fundraising concerts for them, featuring them, through Stage-It. They will also launch a music club strum and sing-along hour online for children whose schools are closed. This won’t reach students lacking internet access, but it will still reach many.
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
- COVID-19 Considerations for deans of arts programs at colleges and universities
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
- Kennedy Center Education: Classroom Resources: Articles, how-tos, lessons, activities, resource collections, media and interactives for arts educators and others looking to infuse the arts into learning.
*League of American Orchestras shared the following resources:
- Coronavirus resources: information and tools to help navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- As leaders of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the League also supported creating this Google doc, where national arts service organizations are listing their COVID resource pages.
Lesley University Creative Arts in Learning Programs
Lincoln Center Education
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
- COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Business:
- SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Staying Compliant and Minimizing Impact Amid Coronavirus Concerns: 10 things employers should do
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel
- U.S. Education Department Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- CDC Guidance and Facts about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against COVID-19
- WSJ: Live Coronavirus Updates
- USA TODAY: 5 Things Small-Business Owners can do to Respond to COVID-19 Fears
- NPR: Where That $8.3 Billion In U.S. Coronavirus Funding Will and Won’t Go
- Information for Australian Retailers
National Art Education Association
- NAEA National Convention Canceled
- A Message From NAEA President Thom Knab Regarding NAEA20 Cancellation
- Virtual Art Educators
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
National Association for Music Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
- GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
- General information about COVID-19
- A legal guide to preparing for COVID-19 in your school community
National Association of Secondary School Principals
- CDC Guidance & Resources for U.S. Schools on Coronavirus
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K–12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Spanish)
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Resource Center (Spanish)
- CDC: Stigma Related to COVID-19
- CDC Print Resources
- CDC Video Resources
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
National Dance Education Organization
National Dance Institute New Mexico
*National Endowment for the Arts shared the following resources:
- Message from National Endowment for Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter on COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Education Association
- Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
- Resources from the CDC
- From Other Education and Health Associations
- American Federation of Teachers
- National Association of School Nurses (Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources)
- National School Boards Association
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
- To Help Explain Current Events to Children
- Coronavirus: A kid-friendly explainer video from Brainpop.
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (from NPR)
National Association of Secondary School Principals
- Resources Related to the Coronavirus
- World Health Organization has up-to-date information about basic protective measures, including graphics that you can print and/or download and share: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- The CDC‘s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers includes recommended strategies for employers to use now, and planning considerations.
- Arts Ready is compiling information on their homepage (https://www.artsready.org/) on topics that include preparing for a potential temporary closure, preparing your facility, supporting staff and volunteers, communicating with audiences and stakeholders, and more.
- Americans for the Arts shares information about preparation and planning, prevention, and dispelling the stigma towards Asian Americans in their post Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States.
- NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a Zoom meeting on March 10th to create a digital space for arts administrators to share strategies to overcome challenges associated with the coronavirus in order to best support our programs, organizations, and teaching artists. You can watch the recording and view the transcript here.
- Theater Communications Group (TCG) held a webinar on March 6th titled “Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres”. You can watch the recording here. They have also gathered some information in their post Preparing for the Impact of the Coronavirus.
- Event Safety Alliance held a webinar on March 4th titled “Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak”. You can still register and watch the recording here.
- Nonprofit New York has put together some information and guidance in their post Coronavirus Update: Let’s Stay Healthy and Be Kind.
- Vu Le of Nonprofit AF recommends a few important considerations for nonprofit organizations, both in the short term and in the long term, in his post “A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus“.
- The Harvard Business Review‘s article What Are Companies’ Legal Obligations Around Coronavirus? discusses relevant legal concerns for businesses and organizations.
- COVID-19 Resource Hub
- Health and Data (compiled by Independent Sector)
- World Health Organization: Corona disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: Updated articles regarding WHO responses to COVID-19, links to advice, Q&A, reports, resources, guidance, R&D.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Coronavirus Updates and Data Sheet: Updates on affected countries, resources for contingency planning, testing.
- American Cancer Society: Coronavirus FAQ FAQ guide for Fast Facts About COVID-19 including external links and resources on how to understand/combat the virus.
- National Institute of Health: Resources for Global Public Health: Detailed source for global health and public health officials and organizations
- U.S. Department of State: Hub for Travel Warnings and Americans Abroad: Deep dive of travel warnings and risk-benefits of nonessential international travel
- AARP: What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus: The resource goes in-depth explaining processes to stay healthy during the pandemic, how the U.S. is responding, symptoms, and links to more articles (including Q&A with experts, older adults, face masks)
- American Heart Association: Coronavirus Precautions for Patients, others in High-Risk Category: Guide for heart patients and other patients with underlying conditions including but not limited to heart disease, hypertension, and asthma.
- Sector Response (compiled by Independent Sector)
- Bridgespan: Managing through Tough Times: ￼Resources on creative new approaches to management as we enter into uncharted territory.
- Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub: Hub with updated links regarding council announcements, latest news on coronavirus, resources for best practices for responding to COVID-19, and a page to share how your org is responding.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic: ￼Updated hub related to global effect, where to help fund, and articles linking to the overall response to COVID-19 focused on disaster philanthropic giving.
- Northern California Grantmakers: 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response: ￼An updated list of events related to how to respond/discuss COVID-19 with the option to register, guidance and short descriptions on “how you can help,” along with additional resources.
- National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus: ￼Outlining how the sector has reacted to COVID-19 and resources for how to move forward (external resources from state associations of nonprofits), day to day advice and the “encouraging civility.”
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: What Nonprofits need to know: ￼Expansive collation of resources not just for MN-area/ affiliated nonprofits, contains extremely useful information to combat potential racist and prejudiced incidents
- Events Industry Council: About Corona Virus: Resources focused on COVID-19 effect on events with niche videos, external resources to understand the virus, short term implications and concerns, insurance policies, and ways to work around the coronavirus with having to work with people in person (meetings, events, etc.).
Puget Sound Educational Service District: Arts Impact
- Coronavirus Facts & Information
- School District Resources
- Family Resources
*Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (New AEP Partner!)
- TeachRock: The 170+ easy to follow, always free lesson plans available at TeachRock.org are available to everyone everywhere. These resources use popular music as a tool for student engagement. (Digital Learning Resource)
Save the Music Foundation
- K-12 Music Education Resources: Guide for online teaching resources for music educators, family and communities
*State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) shared the following resources:
Southeast Center for Arts Integration
The College Board
The Heinz Endowments
Young Audiences Arts for Learning
U.S. Department of Education
Association of Teaching Artists
For Freelance Artists:
Alliance of Artists Communities
- AAC blog post on COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies
- AAC Member Webinar: COVID-19 | Resources + Approaches for Residencies, March 19, 1-2 pm, Link to Registration + Information
New York Foundation for the Arts
- Smithsonian Learning Lab! Online resource
Arts Administrators of Color Network
- Response to COVID-19
- Emergency Fund to support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Principles for Ethical Cancellation(Springboard for the Arts)
- Emergency Funds – All Art Forms(WomenArts)
- Digital Marketing Recommendations for Our Arts Community During COVID-19 Outbreak (Capacity Interactive)
- Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19(HowlRound)
- Webinars (Upcoming and Recorded)
- Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What We Know and How to Move Forward(Americans for the Arts) on March 19th
- Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres(TCG) Recorded
- Community Conversation on COVID-19(NYC Arts in Education Roundtable) Recorded
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc.
- COVID-19 | NOVEL CORONAVIRUS resources
- Financial and Health Resources
- Emergency Grants for Writers, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF)
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grant Program, New York Film Academy
- Short-term financial assistance for musicians, MusiCares
- Special Enrollment (Insurance) Period in Response to COVID-19, Washington Healthplanfinder
- Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Minnesota)
- Artist-Specific Resources and Information
- Americans for the Arts
- Artist Trust Responds to COVID-19 Survey
- Arts and Humanities Council for Montgomery County
- ArtsReady (basic membership is free)
- Daily Report of how COVID-19 is impacting the art world
- Dance Magazine (Dance world and Coronavirus)
- Dance/NYC (Coronavirus-Preparedness)
- Dance Studies Association (tips for teaching online)
- Dance/USA (Coronavirus resources) \
- Dance/USA (Coronavirus and your insurance program)
- Coronavirus-Impact-Survey (NY survey)
- Coronavirus preparedness webinar for theaters, Theatre Communications Group
- COVID-19 and Arts Funding resources list and actions, Grantmakers in the Arts
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource
- COVID-19 Livestream: Connect with the Experts, Pacific Science Center
- Joan Mitchell Foundation (emergency grants)
- List of resources for freelance artists
- National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)
- National Endowment for the Arts response
- Performing Arts Alliance
- Performing Arts Readiness
- Seattle Musician Access to Sustainable Healthcare (SMASH)
- Prohibition on large gatherings over 250 people in Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee
- Small Business Association (Business guidance)
- Things to do to support the arts right now, Crosscut
- Webinar on fundraising and event strategies, Washington Nonprofit Institute
- YouTube (Business continuity & infectious disease planning for events)
- General Information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (seniors)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (women and children)
- Cybersecurity for Nonprofits
- Daily Report of how COVID-19 is impacting the art world
- NPR (unrecoverable costs for arts orgs)
- State of Maryland response
- Interim Guidance for businesses and employers, Center for Disease and Control (CDC)
- List of resources for small business owners, artists, and general information, Michael Stevens
- Financial and Health Resources
- A free art curriculum that is available virtually. It provides art projects that offer authentic art experiences for students — every student makes their own artistic decisions and walks away from the project with artwork unique to them. Each project includes video tutorials and thorough lesson plans so that anyone can feel comfortable teaching art, regardless of their background or experience level. More, the art projects are aligned to topics and themes found in literacy, math, social studies, and science
- Resource page which focuses on independent and community organizing sources
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Update on Virtual Summit and Registrations: Moving the April 1-3 f2f summit entirely online. Also instituting a pay-as-you-can option.
The New Victory Theater
Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)
- COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ARTISTS:
- Webinars & Podcast
- Questions to Ask Your Employer re: Compensation
- Labor Laws / Sick Leave (by State)
Learning Policy Institute
- Learning in the Time of COVID-19
- Online Learning Resources for Educators
- Free online conferencing and video platforms for teachers include:
- This Google blog, “With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely,” provides advice on keeping students engaged in distance learning using Google Classroom tools such as Google Docs, Google Forms
- Content coordinators from the San Diego County Office of Educationcurated this subject-specific list of resources to support distance learning.
- These websites have lessons that can be accessed by educators or parents for content instruction: CommonLit, Illustrative Mathematics, Khan Academy, Zearn
- American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson offers a helpful roundup of lesson plans and other resources for teaching students about coronavirus and a Checklist for Distance Learning to help prepare for remote learning.
- The Smithsonian has launched a central portal highlighting an array of distance learning resources, from STEM webcasts to American history podcasts and comprehensive lesson plans. Offerings range from low- or no-tech (interviewing family members for oral history projects) to high-tech (diving into an interactive exploration module).
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has created a comprehensive list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure.
- Online Learning Resources for Parents
- TheBarbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.
- The S. Department of Education’sTalk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.
- NPR has created this Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus to help demystify the virus and to teach children how to protect themselves. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of its children’s literacy program. The site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and others.
- The New York Times is hosting and continuously updating this page on ideas for working with content from the Times and other reliable sources
- Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs
- The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has a wealth of resources focused on making online learning more accessible, engaging, and effective for students with disabilities.
- Common Sense Media has curated a list of the Best Special Education Applications and Websites based on recommendations by educators who work with students with special needs. Applications support the development of academic and social-emotional skills, as well as sites to assist teachers in providing differentiated learning opportunities.
- The Council for Exceptional Children has developed COVID-19 Information for Special Educators, including a forum for members on how to adapt IEP services during school closures and a link to a resource page developed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
- The New York City Department of Education offers suggested activities and strategies for families to support Diverse Learning at Home for Special Populations. Resources include links for assistive technology support, as well as specific occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities for students as young as preschool.
- The State Educational Technology Directors Association offers strategies and resources on its site for ensuring that online learning supports students with Individualized Education Plans.
- Supporting English Learners
- Common Sense Media supports educators in teaching students how to thrive in the digital age with free, research-backed lesson plans in English and Spanish.
- SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. Available in Spanish.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of their children’s literacy program and includes materials aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners for grades PK-8.
- Students can access thousands of videos in English/Spanish that include lessons, activities, and visuals via Twig Education.
- A collection of California-focused resources from Early Edge focused on early learners for a range of stakeholders, from administrators to parents and guardians, in both English and Spanish.
- Sesame Street and the Spanish-language version, Sésamo, offer games, videos, activities for children.
- Online Learning Resources for Educators
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